May 2020

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Features

7 Solitary Hikes and Cozy Cabins

Find a rambling respite at these seven new trails, plus nearby cabin and camping options.

Thoughts and Prayers and Syringes

With the help of his church community, a disabled Valley man finds hope in the form of a cutting-edge – and unproven – stem cell treatment in Mexico. And he’s not alone.

Food Survivors

From the Valley’s premier artisan baker to one of its best-known boutique farmers, these six food pros talk about their current challenges, and their anxieties for the future amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Phoenix Files

Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19

Local resources and tips from experts can help you maintain mental wellness.

Illustrated Bar Flies, Vol. I: “If Mr. Darcy Was a City”

The first illustrated Bar Flies offering is entitled “If Mr. Darcy Was A City,” by Cynthia Clark Harvey, a writer and comics artist.

Illustrated Bar Flies, Vol. II: “Looking for Truth”

Our second Illustrated Bar Flies entry is Monica Aissa Martinez’s “Looking for Truth.”

Land Zo: Chandler’s Bad Buzz

A peculiar hum emanating from a data center torments Chandler residents.

7 Solitary Hikes and Cozy Cabins

Find a rambling respite at these seven new trails, plus nearby cabin and camping options.

Thoughts and Prayers and Syringes

With the help of his church community, a disabled Valley man finds hope in the form of a cutting-edge – and unproven – stem cell treatment in Mexico. And he’s not alone.

Sharpe to the Point: COV LOL

Opinion columnist Jim Sharpe examines the silver linings of the coronavirus cloud.

Food Survivors

From the Valley’s premier artisan baker to one of its best-known boutique farmers, these six food pros talk about their current challenges, and their anxieties for the future amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Legislating in the Plague Year

The coronavirus pushed Arizona’s 2020 legislative session to the side – but not away from our assessing eyes.

What’s in Your Gym Bag? with Matt Hoodie

Transform Scottsdale owner Matt Hoodie gives us a look inside his gym bag and shows us his essential products.

Scoop: Resident Raconteur

Meet the director bringing multicultural storytelling, authentic accents and therapeutic improve to The Phoenix Theatre Company.

Spotlight: Valerie Thompson

Known as the “Queen of Speed,” Scottsdale resident Valerie Thompson is the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer.

Raising Phoenix: Dispatches from the Mart

Our columnist sweats the small stuff in this reverie from the early days of the coronavirus outbreak – all of four weeks ago.

Skin Care & Cancer Awareness

Learn about the types of skin cancer and ways to prevent them in this informative guide.

Explore

Day Trip: Fountain Hills

A majestic geyser steals the show in Fountain Hills, showing off for 15 minutes on the hour from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. If its not visible when you arrive, there are plenty of nearby options.

The Grand Canyon… Finally

A bucket list, mother-daughter road trip to Arizona’s signature wonder – and then some.

History

The Maître d’ Mob Hit

How the killing of a 73-year-old waiter in Arcadia came back to haunt the Chicago mob.

Eat Beat

Josephine

Led by one of the Valley’s top young chefs, this adaptive reuse gem in RoRo pleases all senses at once.

Eric’s Family Barbecue

Attention, brisket bros: The West Valley has a new barbecue king.

Spring Roll

Check out these four new Asian eateries while savoring the last fleeting degrees of pre-summer Valley weather.

Local Product: Protein Pancake Bars

Savor U.S. Egg’s famous protein pancakes on the go with the beloved breakfast and lunch spot’s protein pancake bars.

Veg Out: Gluten-Free Tamales

“Hearty Mexican fare” and vegan dining hardly go hand in hand. At Tryst Café, owner Lisa Khnanisho attempts to do this dichotomy with hot, filling and comforting menu choices like hempseed tamales.

Three Bites: Rockin’ Moroccan

Electrifying to the eye and tongue, scarlet-red harissa puts some North African swerve on Valley menus.

Space Case: Persepshen

Take a peek inside Persepshen, the new restaurant that took over the quirky ‘60s-era space in Phoenix that formerly housed Hula’s Modern Tiki.

Drink This: Singapore Sling

MercBar at The Esplanade offers a classy version of the gin-based Singapore Sling, an oft-adulterated refresher invented in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

From Our Partners

Skin Care & Cancer Awareness

Learn about the types of skin cancer and ways to prevent them in this informative guide.

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